The Burial of the Count of Orgaz
El Greco painted The Burial of the Count of Orgaz on a canvas with a pattern. I did not know that until a Spanish visiter came to my atelier in 2015.
In a project that originated in the ‘Erasmus for Young Entrepreneur Programme’ we had started to weave painters canvas with a pattern.
It was my curiosity to know why painters canvas is always in plain weave, as I thought, and I was convinced that a pattern in the first layer of a painting should be of influence.
I found in the internet this Spanish tesis
When I saw there the weaving draft of the canvas as used by El Greco, my heart made a little jump: I knew immediately that I could reconstruct that pattern on my hand loom and I also felt that it would have a great impact to do so.
Later I applied for a copy of this publication where thread count of warp and weft of the canvas was given.
source: ICCROM library:
’Informes y trabajos del Instituto
de conservación restauración de obras de arte 1977 n 13’ Church of Santo Tomé in Toledo. The Burial of the Count of Orgaz (1586)
Weaving draft, computer generated in Weavelt, a handweaving design software program.
On this AVL Compu Dobby loom, connected to a Mac Plus device, I have woven the reconstruction of the canvas in linen.